Nigerian former Head of state and APC stalwart, General Mohammed Buhari is facing another test of his political career as the All Progressive Congress; APC now remains divided over his nomination of Rotimi Fashakin as the party’s new Publicity secretary.
Speculations are now rife that contrary to the wish of other members of the party that, Lai Mohammed deserves to remain in the said position, Buhari is of the opinion that Fashakin ho was the Publicity secretary under his defunct CPC takes over from Lai Mohammed who is now the interim National Publicity Secretary of the party.
It would be recalled that the interim national Chairman, Chief Bisi Akande has been agreeing and disagreeing with Buhari over several party matters, especially with regards to the ideological differences noticed after the merger. The former leader was stopped from answering questions directed to him by the press on several occasions by Akande, all in an attempt to regulate his superiority in the party.
An inside source has revealed to DailyPost political correspondent that even though, a convention to elect the party’s National Working Committee has not been held yet, Buhari has requested that Fashakin one of his foot soldiers be considered for the position of the party’s National publicity secretary, a request that is said to be opposed by the Tinubu group who sees Lai mohammed as most suitable for the sensitive position .This scenario appears to have unsettled the party as Buhari’s loyalists insist that Lai should conceal the position to CPC group.
Buhari, whose hope of becoming the party’s flag bearer is almost dashed, as the party has resolved to pick a younger person from the North, is asking that his trusted ally, Fashakin be considered for the position, or he pulls out of the party as the request was the first major one he had made since the merger became successful.
The source had further revealed that the party leadership has already arrived at an agreement to retain the service of Lai Mohammed, whom most of them have said was brilliant enough for the job, but Buhari argued that Fashakin was as good as Lai, hence his interest must also be regarded if he must give up his ambition for a younger person, come 2015.
Our checks have revealed that the disagreement over the Publicity Secretary position has created different tents in the party, as most of the party leaders from the Southwest are beginning to doubt Buhari’s sincerity towards keeping to the terms of their initial agreement.
However, both Lai and Fashakin have refuted the rumour, asserting that there is no such in-fight in the fold of the APC. Speaking with our content Editor, Adoyi Ali, the APC media officer who pleaded anonymity said ‘’Buhari himself wrote a letter commending Lai Mohammed’s handling of the defunct A C N publicity , urging him to continue as the publicity secretary for the APC. I would have shown you a copy of the letter if not that my office is locked, so there is no disagreement over the position of the interim national publicity secretary of the party because the position was zoned to the defunct A C N”
While speaking with Engr. Fashakin on the phone in confirmation of the story, he said ‘’ Me, I don’t know. I don’t know anything about that at all. That is a rumour to me. My brother, it’s all rumour. There is no truth to it.’’